Noun: Dunkirk ,dún'kurk or 'dún,kurk
- An amphibious evacuation in World War II (1940) when 330,000 Allied troops had to be evacuated from the beaches in northern France in a desperate retreat under enemy fire
- A seaport in northern France on the North Sea; scene of the evacuation of British forces in 1940 during World War II
- A crisis in which a desperate effort is the only alternative to defeat
"the Russians had to pull off a Dunkirk to get out of there"
Type of: amphibious operation, crisis, evacuation, port, town
Part of: Second World War, World War 2, World War II
Encyclopedia: Dunkirk, New York